Townsend Sisters - Clara & Ora

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Clara (Townsend) Becker Vroom (b. 1863 - d. 1954) with her younger sister Ora (Townsend) Colman French (b. 1870 -d. 1961) on the porch at the Arizona Pioneers' Home in Prescott, Arizona. These are the daughters of famed scout and Indian fighter John B. Townsend and Elizabeth (Vickers) Townsend Aldridge. Clara was born December 18, 1863 in Burnett County, Texas. At age six, she traveled with her parents from Texas settling first in the Agua Fria region and later moving to a cattle ranch in Miller Valley. Clara originally married George F. Becker, but divorced him in April 1891. Soon after, she married Albert T. Vroom, who was a stage driver. Clara had two daughters who are named Lena and Lou. A daughter, Mrs. Grant Merrill, lived in Phoenix at the time of Clara's death. Clara is represented in the Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden. Ora was born April 19, 1870 in the Lower Aqua Fria region and was only 3 years old when her famous father was killed by Apaches at Dripping Springs near Mayer, Arizona on September 16, 1873. She married a man named Charles Coleman and had one son, Norman, with him before obtaining a divorce. She then married Charles Albert French and had three more children with him.

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